Ten toys that have increased the most in value

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Many of us remember a favourite childhood toy – whether that was a Barbie, a Polly Pocket set, or a Hot Wheels car – and some are still holding onto beloved playthings stashed away somewhere.

Those who do have old toys in the attic could be in luck as they could now be worth hundreds or even thousands of pounds, new research has revealed.  

Liberty Games sourced a selection of the most popular toys throughout the years and their original price. In order to establish their value now, it analysed 'Buy Now' prices on eBay searching each toy from the same year as the original value, with the highest price used to establish their potential gain.  

Of course, it is worth noting that while sellers may have listed the toys with a high Buy Now tag, that doesn't guarantee anyone will actually pay it and it doesn't equate to a sold price.  

TOP TEN TOYS WITH HIGHEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE Rank Toy  Original Cost Cost now  (%) Increase (£) Increase Year 1 Hot Wheels £0.48 £434.36 90,625% £433.88 1968 2 Barbie £2.43 £607.81 24,867% £605.38 1959 3 Cabbage Patch Kids £20.29 £2,109.88 10,300% £2,089.59 1978 4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures £4.87 £350.00 7,089% £345.13 1987 5 Rainbow Brite Doll £5.68 £385.18 6,681% £379.50 1980 6 Transformer action figures £16.23 £850.00 5,137% £833.77 1980 7 Vintage Care Bear dolls £1.62 £81.09 4,896% £79.47 1980 8 Monopoly £1.62 £55.99 3,350% £54.37 1933 9 Polly Pocket £12.17 £349.99 2,775% £337.82 1980 10 G.I Joe Breaker Action Figure £9.74 £249.99 2,467% £240.25 1982 Source: Liberty Games           

Liberty Games found an original Hot Wheels car from 1968, similar to this, now selling for £434.36  –  it would have cost the equivalent of £0.48 new.

Liberty Games found an original Hot Wheels car from 1968, similar to this, now selling for £434.36  –  it would have cost the equivalent of £0.48 new.

1. Hot Wheels toy car from 1968 - up 90,625%

The toy that has seen the biggest percentage increase in price from its release date to now was a Hot Wheels car.

Toy cars are still a firm favourite with children and Liberty Games found an original Hot Wheels car from 1968 now selling for £434.36 – a staggering percentage increase of 90,625 per cent from its initial pre-decimal price that was the equivalent of £0.48 back then. 

A Barbie doll from 1959, similar to this one, is now being sold online for £607.81 - a 24,867% increase

A Barbie doll from 1959, similar to this one, is now being sold online for £607.81 - a 24,867% increase

2. Barbie from 1959 - up 24,867%

Another iconic toy that is still popular with children today is Barbie and the vintage dolls have seen the second highest percentage increase after the Hot Wheels cars. 

An original Barbie that cost the equivalent of £2.43 in 1959 could now set you back £607.81 – a 24,867 per cent increase. 

Cabbage Patch Kids, similar to this, are now worth the most out of all the toys, with one selling for £2,109.88

Cabbage Patch Kids, similar to this, are now worth the most out of all the toys, with one selling for £2,109.88

3. Cabbage Patch Kid from 1978 - up 10,300% 

The research found an original Cabbage Patch Kids doll from 1978 was now worth substantially more, with a doll being sold online for a massive £2,109.88. 

This makes it the toy that is worth the most money on the list. New it would have been £20.29, which was still a lot of money at the time, giving a huge increase of 10,300 per cent.

Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures are worth substantially more than their original cost and one was found at a 7,089% premium

Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures are worth substantially more than their original cost and one was found at a 7,089% premium

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle from 1987 - up 7,089% 

Another nostalgic favourite includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures which saw the fourth highest percentage increase. 

A toy from 1987 costing £4.87, could now be bought for £350 – a 7,089 percentage increase.

A Rainbow Brite Doll, similar to this, was found at 6,681 per cent more than its original price

A Rainbow Brite Doll, similar to this, was found at 6,681 per cent more than its original price

5. Rainbow Brite Doll from 1980 - up 6,681%

A Rainbow Brite Doll from 1980 was found selling for £385.18 online. This means the brightly coloured doll is potentially now worth 6,681 per cent more than their original price of £5.68.

Originally priced at just £16.23, a Transformer similar to this was found online for a staggering £850

Originally priced at just £16.23, a Transformer similar to this was found online for a staggering £850

6. Transformer from 1980 - up 5,137%

A Transformer action figure from 1980 came sixth on the list, originally

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